Salem Social Security Disability Claims

There is a reason you pay into the Social Security system throughout your working life; if you become ill or not capable of working, Social Security Disability Benefits are meant to help you; they are your benefits, you paid for them, and you deserve them! If you find yourself unable to work because of failing health or an injury, however, the application process to receive your Social Security Disability benefits can be a frustrating, complicated, and lengthy process. The legal team of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve has more than forty years of experience standing up for the legal rights of injured and disabled Oregonians. We manage nearly 1000 Social Security Disability cases annually, so we have intimate knowledge of how the Social Security system works.

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits you must gather an extensive amount of personal information and medical history. Even if you have experts helping you, the application process will be a long and overwhelming undertaking. The phrase, “all Social Security Disability claims are rejected the first time you file,” is essentially – and unfortunately – true. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we know how to compile and verify the medical data that you need so that your application will move through the system quickly. There are countless forms to file, and our team makes sure each of your forms are completed and added to the application thoroughly and accurately, so that your case is fully prepared and properly submitted. This attention to detail alone will often influence whether your application is approved or not, and it drastically reduces the amount of time you have to wait for an answer. While we have a strong record for success, on the off chance that your application is denied, we will do everything necessary to file an appeal and continue to follow up.

At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our work is done on a contingency fee basis that is determined by law, and we will not accept a fee unless you are approved for benefits. Contact our office; our staff will return your call within 24-hours to set up your legal consultation – free of charge!

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How do I file for disability benefits?

Contact Social Security for an appointment. The toll free number is 1-800-772-1213. To find your nearest Social Security office, click here

 

I just received a denial notice. What should I do?

It can be disheartening to receive a denial notice from Social Security. This happens to most people when they apply. It is important to file an appeal within the 60-day time limit, and to seek legal advice from a qualified and experienced attorney.

 

Do I need a lawyer to represent me for disability?

Claimants are not required by Social Security to have an attorney. Individuals can go through the process alone, but it is not advisable. An experienced attorney fighting for you can make all the difference.

 

I requested a hearing months ago. Why is it taking so long?

There is a backlog of claims at the hearing level all across the country. Average waiting times are around 16 months. Even though it may seem like nothing is happening, this waiting period is an important opportunity for you to improve your chances at hearing. There are things you could be doing right now that might help your case.

 

How much do attorneys charge to represent me for my Social Security disability claim?

Attorney fees are only paid after being approved by the Social Security Administration and only if you are approved for benefits. Fees are paid out of your retroactive benefits. Currently, federal law allows attorney fees of up to 25% of your retroactive benefits and a maximum of $6000, whichever is less.

 

Helpful Links:

Social Security Website: www.ssa.gov

National Institute of Health: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/